Natural Supports

Contact Us!

Colleen Kurkowski Moss
Natural Supports Project Coordinator
Waisman Center, A107
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 890-1687
Fax: (608) 265-3441

Related Links and Resources

Council for Corporate and School Partnerships

The Council for Corporate & School Partnerships, established in March 2001, serves as a forum for the exchange of information, expertise and ideas to ensure that partnerships between businesses and schools achieve their full potential for meeting key educational objectives.

The Council works with educators and businesses to identify, create, recognize and support exemplary school-business partnerships that improve the student experience for all children in the K-12 system of education in the United States.

Health & Ready to Work Project

The Health and Ready to Work Project Explores ways to support youth with special health care needs and disabilities as they transition from pediatric health care and high school to adult health care, higher education, working and living within their communities.

Healthy Ready to Work Youth Involvement Topical Call

HRTW University (HRTW-U) is designed for sharing innovative, cutting edge, and promising practices in interagency collaboration, medical home, transition/youth, and family partnerships.

I'm Determined

The Virginia Department of Education's Self-Determination Project

Including Samuel: Resources for Teachers and Paraeducators

National Youth Leadership Network

NYLN's mission is to promote youth leadership and education. We teach young people how to advocate. Our goal is to make sure that young people with disabilities have the chance to set and reach their own goals.

Project Summer

Project Summer's goal is to identify strategies that increase the participation of youth with disabilities in work, school, and the community, leading to better post-school outcomes and with a special emphasis on the summer months.

The IDEA Partnership Communities of Practice are focused on advancing policy and practice in four key areas: (a) the intersections of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA); (b) school behavioral health services; (c) interagency transition, and (d) teacher quality. As partner organizations work together and with States, districts, local sites and individuals, they form Communities of Practice whose members learn from each other and take action together in coordinated ways.

Waisman Resource Center Publications

YITRC - Youth Information Training and Resource Center

The Wisconsin Youth Information, Training and Resource Center assists young adults (13-30) with developmental disabilities, in a 4-county area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington) with transition, empowerment, and advocacy related to education, employment and health.


The Youthhood Web site is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. It was designed by a talented group of staff at the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, which is located at the University of Minnesota.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) helps organizations and people working with youth help young people like you move from high school to "whatever comes after high school" — whether it be college, technical school, community living, etc.

Utah Medical Home Integrated Services Project (UISP) video of the Young Adult Advisory Committee Panel

Wisconsin Youth First